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A Photo for Friday

Well, weekly hasn’t taken yet, but here’s another: 4th of July, 2015 (Montgomery, AL) More fireworks here. At some point I might get a rhythm going…

Ebola Vaccine Proves To Be Very Effective

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A vaccine to fight Ebola is showing very promising success: In a development that could change the way the deadly Ebola disease is fought, researchers have announced promising results of a new vaccine’s trial in Guinea, one of several countries affected by a historic outbreak in West Africa. “The estimated vaccine efficacy was 100 percent,” […]

The Most Important Trump Number

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Remember how I have noted (twice, in fact) that one of the factors one has to consider in terms of Trump’s poll numbers is the current fragmentation of the field?  In other words, leading a field of more than a dozen, even with numbers in the mid-20s raising the question of whether he can garner […]

Trump Leading Bush And Rubio In Florida?

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A new poll out of Florida appears to show the Trump phenomenon knocking both of the Sunshine State’s best known Republicans out of the top spot: For the first time this year, Donald Trump tops a state poll of GOP presidential candidates in Florida. A St. Pete Polls survey released on Wednesday shows the New York […]

Our Ally Turkey Joins Fight Against ISIL, Killing Our Allies Against ISIL Rather Than ISIL

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Turkey has finally joined in the US-led coalition against ISIL. Unfortunately, it’s killing the main ground force fighting ISIL.

US Military Ends Transgender Ban

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The Defense Department is working to fully integrate transgender troops.

Chinese Courts Allow Blatant Ripoff of Air Jordan Brand

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China adds to its status as the honey badger of intellectual property law.

Jim Gilmore Running for President (for No Apparent Reason)

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As expected, former Virginia Governor and Republican National Committee chairman Jim Gilmore has tossed his hat into the ring:

Trump Leads In New Hampshire, But Kasich Rises

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A new poll shows Donald Trump surging to a double digit lead over his closest competitor in New Hampshire: Donald Trump isn’t just doing well in national polls — he’s also making gains among voters in early primary states. A new poll finds Trump with twice the support of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, his […]

Gold Prices

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But all those nice men on the tee-vee and radio told me that gold was where I should be putting my money.  Oh dear. (That and all the Austrian economists and their predictions of hyper-inflated doom). Well:

On Munich Analogies

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Of course, the Iran deal has unleashed the ever popular deployment of the Munich analogy.  Samuel Kleiner and Tom Zoellner critique the formulation and give us a run-down of its relevance over the decades in an LAT piece for earlier in the week:  Republicans’ ‘Munich’ fallacy. The analogy is, of course, tired and pointless and yet it […]

Infrastructure Funding Blues

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The gas tax was last raised in 1993.

Donald Trump Gives Out Lindsey Graham’s Cell Phone Number

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The daily bizarre circus that is the Donald Trump Presidential campaign made its way to Blufton, South Carolina today for a speech in which Trump did something that can only be described as bizarre: If Lindsey Graham has to change cellphone numbers, he has Donald Trump to thank. On Tuesday, Trump ramped up his attacks […]

The Challenge of Democracy

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Or, at least, a key challenge. Via the Monkey Cage:  No, we’re not arguing from the same facts. How can democracies make good decisions if citizens are misinformed? Widely shared misinformation hampers democracy because it makes it difficult for groups of people to take effective and appropriate action on shared civic problems. Indeed. I recommend […]

Alex Rocco, Character Actor Who Played Moe Green In The Godfather, Dies At 79

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Alex Rocco, a character actor who is best known for his portrayal of Las Vegas gangster Moe Green in The Godfather, has died at the age of 79: Character actor Alex Rocco, who played casino owner Moe Greene in “The Godfather” and appeared in dozens of other movies and TV shows, died Saturday of cancer in Studio […]

More on Cosby

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Via the BBC: Bill Cosby ‘offered women money’ for silence after sex American comedian Bill Cosby admitted trying to pay women to keep quiet after having sex with them, according to testimony obtained by the New York Times. [...] After Ms Constand became upset and returned to her native Canada, Mr Cosby offered to pay […]

Second Amendment Bonus Caption Contest Winners

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The Big Iron On His Hip Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over. ✰ THE WINNERS ✰ OzarkHillbilly – Git yer pestilential paws off that peripatetic podium you platitudinous picayune pusillanimous pipsqueak! DrDaveT – “So ya hassta ask yerself, Varmint — da ya feel lucky?”

Oklahoma Protesters Greet President Obama With Confederate Flags

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Protesters waving Confederate flags greeted President Obama when he arrived in Oklahoma last night: Supporters of the Confederate flag rallied Wednesday in Oklahoma as President Barack Obama arrived in the state for a series of events, including the first ever visit to a federal prison by a sitting President. About 10 people waving Confederate battle […]

Latino Voters Really, Really, Really Don’t Like Donald Trump

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A new poll from Univision finds that Donald Trump isn’t very well liked by Latino voters: Hispanic voters overwhelmingly disapprove of Donald Trump’s controversial comments on illegal immigration, according to a new Univision poll. Seventy-nine percent of Hispanic voters polled find Trump’s comments offensive, and 71 percent hold an unfavorable view of Trump. While a majority of […]

Donald Trump Files FEC Financial Discloure

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Taking a step that many critics thought he never would, Donald Trump has apparently filed the required financial disclosures with the Federal Election Commission: Donald J. Trump’s wealth is rising with his polling numbers, if his characterization of his own net worth is to be believed. Mr. Trump issued a statement Wednesday saying that his […]

No, ‘Go Set A Watchman’ is Not a Sequel to ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’

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Keith Collins and Nikhil Sonnad provide strong evidence that the “sequel” to Harper Lee’s classic novel was merely a bad first draft.

Ken Stabler Dead at 69

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Kenny “The Snake” Stabler, legendary Alabama Crimson Tide and Oakland Raiders quarterback, has died of cancer at the age of 69.

Ted Cruz’ Bestselling Book Not on Bestseller List

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The NYT has left Ted Cruz’ new book off its bestseller list, despite it selling more copies than 18 of 20 titles on said list.

Smell-O-Vision 2015?

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Via the NYT:  Scent Received, With a Tap of a Smartphone. A)  Who wants this? B)  The technology is inevitably going to lead to teenage boys texting farts to their friends.

Death Panels Are Back. Good.

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With the last legal hurdle to Obamacare cleared, “death panels” have made a quiet comeback.

South Carolina House Approves Removal Of Confederate Flag

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After a debate that was more contentious than what had occurred in the State Senate, the South Carolina House has voted to remove the Confederate flag from the grounds of the State Capitol in Columbia: COLUMBIA, S.C. — The Confederate battle flag that has flown at the South Carolina State House for more than 50 […]

Jim Gilmore Is Running For President Because, Well I Really Don’t Why

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Former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore tells a political reporter for the Richmond Times-Dispatch that he will be running for President: Former Gov. Jim Gilmore says he is running for president and plans a formal announcement in the first week of August. Gilmore, 65, Virginia’s governor from 1998 to 2002, broke the news late Tuesday in an […]

Sunday Deadline for Greece

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Via the BBC:   Greece debt crisis: Eurozone ‘gives Sunday debt deadline’ They had better get their act together (yes, I know) as their performance today was, well, underwhelming:  Greece turned up empty-handed to emergency bailout talks.

Fireworks Dumbitude

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The older I get (and as I approach “you kids get off my lawn”-ness), the more I get frustrated by fireworks in the wild.  By that I mean:  I love a good fireworks display, but wish people would stop buying the durn things and setting them off days before (and days after) the 4th of […]

Will the Last Cosby Defender Turn off the Lights on the Way out…

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Via the BBC:  Bill Cosby admitted he gave woman drugs before sex In his 2005 testimony, Mr Cosby admitted that he obtained Quaaludes in the 1970s, with the intent of giving it to women he wanted to have sex with. The case was brought by Andrea Constand, a former employee of Temple University – the […]

Soccer Ratings Win for World Cup Champs

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Via NPR:  U.S. Women Shatter TV Ratings Record For Soccer With World Cup Win While some 17 million American viewers tuned in to the 7 p.m. ET start of Sunday’s game, that number quickly grew to 21.86 million an hour later — and reached 22.86 million at 8:30 p.m. ET, according to preliminary data from […]

South Carolina Senate Overwhelmingly Votes To Remove Confederate Flag

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The South Carolina Senate has overwhelmingly voted to remove the Confederate flag from the grounds of the State Capitol: COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Senate has given final approval to a bill to remove the Confederate flag from the grounds of the Capitol. The 36-3 vote Tuesday now sends the bill to the […]

Greek Priorities

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Via Reuters:  Despite crisis, few Greeks ready to forgo coffee “Greeks are ready to cut anything else, but not their coffee. Customer traffic is stable,” said Kleanthis Kanellos, 34-year-old manager of the packed Old Flo cafe in a working class district of Athens. Well, one has to have one’s priorities straight (although their propensity toward […]

Tech 1776

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Via Shelly Palmer:  7 Hottest Tech Trends in 1776

Friday Foto

A new feature from me:  a weekly photo. This week:  Savannah Sunset: More from Savannah, GA here.

The U.S. Just Recorded Its First Measles Death In 12 Years

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For the first time in twelve years, an American hospital has recorded a death due to measles: Health officials on Thursday confirmed the country’s first measles death since 2003, and they believe the victim was most likely exposed to the virus in a health facility in Washington state during an outbreak there. The woman died in the spring; […]

Nerdiest Joke Ever?

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Paul Grenfell nominates this vanity plate of a Volkswagon Beetle (affectionately known as a “Bug”) with vanity plate “Feature”

Lindsey Graham: Joe Biden as Good a Man as God Ever Created

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In an era of incredibly polarized politics and 24/7/365 campaign mode, it’s refreshing to see politicians treat each other as human beings now and again.

Nicholas Winton, Briton Who Saved 669 Children From The Holocaust, Dies At 106

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Nicholas Winton, a British man who helped save more than 600 children, most of whom were Jewish, from Czechoslovakia as the world hurtled toward the Second World War, and went largely unknown for much of the rest of his life, has died at the age of 106: Nicholas Winton, a Briton who said nothing for […]

Hillary Clinton Raises $45 Million In First Fundraising Quarter

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With the end of the FEC reporting quarter coming at midnight last night, we’re starting to get the first fundraising reports from campaigns. Not surprisingly, the first report came from Hillary Clinton’s camp and it showed her bringing in a record amount over the past three months: Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign expects to have raised […]

NBC To Donald Trump: You’re Fired

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Following up on the disputes with Univision that arose in the wake of Donald Trump’s derogatory comments toward Mexican immigrants, NBC Universal has cut its ties with Donald Trump: Amid mounting public pressure, NBCUniversal announced Monday that it will cut business ties with Donald Trump due to “recent derogatory statements” the Republican presidential hopeful made […]

Politinerds: Matt K. Lewis On Bill Maher, Charleston, And A Poisonous Political Media Culture

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Our guest this week on Politinerds was Daily Caller columnist and media personality Matt K. Lewis. We talk about Matt’s experience on last week’s Real Time with Bill Maher during which he and the Daily Caller were blamed for the Charleston murders (no I am not making that up). We also get into a broader […]

Donald Trump: ‘I’m For Traditional Marriage’

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With little sense that he appreciated the irony, Donald Trump told Jake Tapper this morning that he supports “traditional marriage”: GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump said in an interview broadcast Sunday that he opposes gay marriage, and defended his own history of having been divorced twice. On CNN’s “State of the Union,” host Jake Tapper […]

Metro Photos

And now for a deviation from battle flags and SCOTUS rulings. I was recently in DC for a few days and here are some photos I took in DC Metro stations. I always find the combination of architecture, geometry, and lighting to provide for some interesting photographic opportunities.

Pro-Battle Flag Rally in Montgomery

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Via WSFA:   Rally held at Alabama Capitol to protest removal of Confederate flags According to the Sons of the Confederacy, the rally is to send a message that the Confederate flag is about heritage, not hate. I am really tired of that formulation.  What specific heritage?  Fighting a war to preserve slavery?  A symbol […]

Roberts Blackmail Plot!

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Wayne Root, former Libertarian VP candidate asked a provocative question:  Was Supreme Court Justice John Roberts Blackmailed? His concern:  Roberts’ vote in the PPACA cases. His evidence? Doubt me? On the same day that Justice Roberts and the Supremes upheld Obamacare – again – the key IRS watchdog reported to Congress that the IRS purposely […]

Protester Removes Confederate Flag At South Carolina Capitol

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Good for her.

America’s Changing Demographics

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The latest Census data show a changing America.

Univision Breaks Ties With Donald Trump Over His Comments About ‘Mexican Rapists’

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Donald Trump’s comments about Mexicans during his announcement speech last week are having financial repercussions: Univision is canceling its telecast of the Miss USA pageant, an event partially owned by Donald Trump, to protest Trump’s offensive remarks about Mexicans. Furthermore, Univision says it is severing all other business ties to Trump. Univision is the biggest […]

Silly Legislative Tricks

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Via The Hill:  House bill would force the Supreme Court to enroll in ObamaCare Rep. Brian Babin (R-Texas) said that his SCOTUScare Act would make all nine justices and their employees join the national healthcare law’s exchanges. [...] Babin’s potential legislation would only let the federal government provide healthcare to the Supreme Court and its […]

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